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Wedding Anniversary Celebration – Day 3

We awakened to rain on Day 3 (September 28th) of our wedding anniversary getaway. I got up shorltly before 7:30 am and made a cup of tea. I sat outside on the side porch in my pajamas and bare feet, drinking that cup of tea, and listening to the falling rain.  The Birdhouse Inn Confluence Airbnb has two covered porches, one in the front and the other on the side.  The side porch is my favorite.  The rain started earlier this morning, around 4:15 am, accompanied by thunder and lightning. The rain stopped falling mid morning, but stayed cloudy all day.

My knee is back to its usual discomfort, so we decided to hike the Ferncliff Peninsula in Ohiopyle. We arrived on the peninsula around 11:50 am.  We followed Ferncliff Trail along the rocky Youghiongheny River to where we could see an overlook of the Ohiopyle Falls. 

There are two trails in this picture.
Ferncliff Trail is to the left and right; Oakwoods Trail is straight ahead.
We took Ferncliff Trail on the left and exited the hike on Oakwoods Trail.
Hiking Ferncliff Trail to Youghiogheny River
One of several fossils
that we saw along Ferncliff Trail
Bob on the Ferncliff Trail
Youghiogheny River, as seen from Ferncliff Trail
First view of Ohiopyle Falls from Ferncliff Trail
Bob took this picture of Ohiopyle Falls,
after hiking down some several stone steps.
Ohiopyle State Park Visitor Center,
as seen from the Ferncliff Peninsula

My right knee is weak and wobbled a bit sometimes, while navigating the rocks along the Youghiogheny River.  Soon after the waterfall overlook we came across a trail that led up away from the river toward the center of the peninsula. The first few feet of that trail was eroded, steep and difficult. Bob had to pull me up one of the steep steps.

I gave Bob a thumps up that I was able to climb up off the rocky trail along the Youghiogheny River.
We took the Buffalo Nut Trail to cut across the peninsula, to shorten our hiking distance. 
Buffalo Nut Trail was much easier to hike
than the Ferncliff Trail!
We saw lots of moss-covered tree branches, while hiking Buffalo Nut Trail.

At the end of Buffalo Nut Trail we hopped onto Oakwoods Trail that took us back to Ferncliff Trail and our origin point. 

We turned right onto the Oakwoods Trail.
I took the 360 degree video that follows
at this point on Oakwoods Trail.
Please have volume ON for the video.

We made it back to our origin point by 1:15 pm.  We enjoyed our hike on Ferncliff Peninsula.  I feel I have accomplished quite a bit in the past two days—the 10 mile bicycle ride on Monday and this hike.

After our hike we went to lunch at the Yough Roadhouse Bar & Grill just outside of Confluence.  We sat at the bar.  There was one other couple there, and one girl behind the bar.  The girl behind the bar was the only one there to wait on customers.  We sat at the bar to make her waiting on us easier.  Bob ordered a fish sandwich with chips, and I ordered chicken strips and beer-battered fries.  Our meals were delicious.  The service was excellent.  We enjoyed the conversation, too, with the other customers and our waitress.  The other customers are staying in Confluence as well, at a campground.

After lunch we returned “home”, where we relaxed for rest of the afternoon and evening.

8 Responses to “Wedding Anniversary Celebration – Day 3”

  1. Eileen Wise

    Hello,

    You did a lot of hiking considering your knee was hurting. I hope it is feeling better now.
    I like the views of the falls and the forest. Years ago hubby and I along with some friends went on a rafting trip on the Youghiogheny River, not sure where exactly. Pretty scenic photos. Enjoy your day, have a great week ahead.

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  2. Beatrice

    Yeah to you, Linda, for going on a hike despite the wobbly knee and a hiking pole is a great help. Also glad the weather improved enough for you to get out.

    Reply
  3. Betty

    What a beautiful hike! Hopefully, your knee did not hurt too much. The State Park Visitor Center looks like it has a great view, too. Fall hiking is nice – cooler temps and less bugs. You did get a lot of exercise in – even with your knee issues. Hope you have a great week ahead!

    Reply
    • Linda G.

      My knee hurt some, while hiking. It feels fully recuperated now, though. I have an arthritic knee. I have some pain most days. That bicycle ride, though, really bothered my knee. I haven’t done much bicycling this year.

      Reply
  4. DeniseinVA

    Great photos, I love the look of this area. I wondered if the rain and damp weather made your knee feel worse. I seem to feel mine more at such times. You did great walking those trails.

    Reply
    • Linda G.

      I would say the rain and damp weather didn’t help; however, the day before was dry. I don’t believe I stopped pedaling the entire 10 miles that we rode. I haven’t ridden much this year; just not conditioned we’ll enough to not hurt.

      Reply

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